Four people, including a man arrested in connection with a double homicide earlier this year, have been charged with a murder in the city seven months ago.
“We allege that these individuals are associated to a street gang identified as Heart of Kings,” said Staff Inspector Greg McLane. “It is also quite clear that there are a number of individuals who have knowledge of this homicide and who have not yet come forward and spoken to our investigators. We would like them to come forward and impart the information that they have to our investigators.”
On October 31, 2015, at around 2.25 a.m., 51 Division officers responded to a personal injury accident on Yonge St., just south of College St.
Charles Shillingford, 25, of Toronto, was found sitting behind the wheel of his Chrysler 300. Less than an hour later, he succumbed to a single bullet wound to his chest.
“Within a very short period of time, investigators were able to determine that the shooting had taken place on Charles St.,” said McLane, at a news conference at police headquarters on May 9. “In an effort to leave the area, he was involved in a motor vehicle collision.”
On May 2, a number of Criminal Code search warrants were executed at a Toronto residence that resulted in the arrest of 31-year-old Jahmal Joseph Richardson.
Two days later, 20-year-old Mitchell Mannette of Nova Scotia was nabbed at Lester Pearson B. International Airport and 19-year-old Denzell Desmond, also of Nova Scotia, turned himself into 51 Division with a lawyer.
Kyle Sparks-MacKinnon, in pre-trial custody, appeared in court on May 6
The 26-year-old Toronto man was arrested without incident on February 12, 2016 in connection with a double homicide in Chinatown in the early hours of January 31.
Quinn Taylor, 29, and David Eminess, 26, were killed when shots were fired outside the New Ho King restaurant on Spadina Ave., near Nassau Ave., after 3 a.m.
Eminess died on the scene and Taylor succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
The deceased were in the company of a friend who, along with two other innocent bystanders, was wounded in the shooting. They were treated for their injuries and released from hospital.
Sparks-MacKinnon was charged with two counts of Second-Degree murder and three counts of attempted murder.
The four suspects have been charged with First-Degree murder in relation to Shillingford’s death and are expected to appear in College Park Court on May 19.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Murray Barnes at (416) 808-7400 ext. 77406; Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.